NBC Pulls Plug on Megyn Kelly’s Morning Show

NBC Pulls Plug on Megyn Kelly’s Morning Show

NBC Pulls Plug on Megyn Kelly’s Morning Show

"'Megyn Kelly Today" is not returning.

US TV presenter Megyn Kelly, the former Fox News Channel personality who made a rocky transition to softer morning news at NBC, was ousted on Friday from her Today programme after her controversial on-air comments about blackface.

U.S. television journalist Megyn Kelly was a former attorney and Fox News anchor. Next week, the 9 a.m. hour will be hosted by other "Today' co-anchors", a spokesperson told Page Six on Friday.

Megyn Kelly will likely be a free agent after her lawyer and NBC executives finalize an exit deal in the coming days.

The news organization made the official announcement on Friday to cancel Kelly's "Today" segment.

During her Wednesday show, Kelly issued a lengthy and emotional apology to her audience and those tuned in from around the country.

And Kelly has been openly challenging the news division's management, including NBC News chair Andy Lack, for months. In an earlier statement, NBC said, "Given the circumstances "Megyn Kelly Today' will be on tape the rest of the week". Al Roker and Craig Melvin strongly criticized Kelly's comments during the 7 a.m. hour of "Today" on Wednesday.

The show aired repeats on Thursday and Friday. "They should also admit that they lie when they say they are opposed to bigotry in all of its manifestations".

That did not play out well however, with one network source stating: 'We wouldn't hire her in a million years. "Because you get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween". Her three year contract - said to be worth $69 million- came with two shows: a weekday morning talk show and a Sunday evening newsmagazine. Curry broke down in tears as she said goodbye on air: "For all of you who saw me as a groundbreaker: I'm sorry I couldn't carry the ball over the finish line, but man, I did try!"

Both Kelly and Fox News had been open to her returning to the network before this week's blackface scandal. And whatever her next destination is, let's hope she'll go back to her roots and do what she does best; sharp, sometimes biting, political analysis.

She also talked about the backlash against "Real Housewives of New York" star Luann de Lesseps for wearing a Diana Ross costume previous year, and said, "She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day, and I don't know how that got racist on Halloween".

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